I sell quite a bit locally and online. I use different websites, depending on the item. But Craiglist is my go-to for local transactions. I use the built-in email relay that is supposed to protect your email address and I also use a Google Voice number for text or calls.
As soon as I put up a listing, without fail, I’ll get several text inquiries from area codes I don’t recognize. The messages will look like this:
My name is Joshua, i hope this is real and not a scam? I’m in the United State Marine Corps. I’m buying it for my cousin in Oklahoma as a gift, but I’m recently out of the state, that is i can’t meet you face to face.
These scammers are asking ME if this is a scam? What a scam.
Here’s what I’ve been replying with. I wonder what else I could come back with. Ugh.